King Philip.... more like King Jason in a hockey mask!
We all remember Jason from the slasher franchise, Friday the 13th.
Come to think of it, I have NEVER camped by a lake or stayed in a cabin by the woods.
So, why am I bringing this up?
We all know Friday the 13th is unlucky, but do you know why?
Well, let's take a look at French history because this is where it commenced. By the way, just know everything ended badly because of human desires: power, greed and money.
It is best to start at the beginning with the Knights Templars. They were this legendary elite fighting army of knights and lords or "warrior monks" formed during the Christian Crusades to combat Islam. Renowned as a fighting force for 200 years, by the 1300s the order had grown so rich and powerful (they were the first to establish a banking system and in fact, were more bankers than warriors) they became a threat to kings and popes alike.
According to the book Tales of the Knights Templar by Katharine Kurtz:
On October 13, 1307, a day so infamous that Friday the 13th would become a synonym for ill fortune, officers of King Philip IV of France carried out mass arrests in a well-coordinated dawn raid that left several thousand Templars — knights, sergeants, priests, and serving brethren — in chains, charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and homosexual practices. None of these charges was ever proven, even in France — and the Order was found innocent elsewhere — but in the seven years following the arrests, hundreds of Templars suffered excruciating tortures intended to force "confessions," and more than a hundred died under torture or were executed by burning at the stake.
By the way, King Philip IV of France was in deep debt to the Knights Templar, so in his logic, getting rid of the Knights Templar disolves the debt. I suppose human lives are worth less than money.
But wait, it gets better... you see in 1314, Philip had the last Master of the Templars, Jacques de Molay burned at the stake after a 7 year imprisonment, along with 3 other high level Templars. They were suppose to receive life imprisonment after having confessed to their crimes, but like any good drama, de Molay and Geoffroi de Charney stood up for themselves in court. They exclaimed that they were only guilty of betraying their Order to save their own lives and the charges brought against the Order were fictitious, for it was holy and pure. They went on to say that their confessions false.
When word of this came to the King, obviously he was seething and ordered them burned that same day. As the Templars slowly burned to death, they refused all offers of pardon for retraction and beared the agony with composure. They earned the reputation of martyrs among the people, who reverently collected their ashes as holy relics.
According to legend, de Molay cursed both Philip (the King) and Clement V (the pope) from the flames, saying that he would summon them before God’s Tribunal within a year. It just so happened, both King and Pope died within the next year.
It seems The Templars’ curse extended beyond Philip IV. The throne passed rapidly through Philip’s sons, who all failed to produce male heirs and by 1328, the King Philip IV blood line was extinguished. The throne passed to House Valois.
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